Seevic College student wins day with National Geographic

Thursday, 08 September 2016

A Seevic College student got the opportunity of a lifetime when a snap he took of an escaped horse won first prize in a prestigious competition.

Chris Hare, 19, spent the day at the iconic National Geographic magazine after his picture “A Mare in the Mist” was named the most outstanding photograph.

Mare In The Mist By Chris HareChris is heading to Canterbury University to study Ecology and Conservation after successfully completing a Level 3 Animal Management course at the college in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.

His picture of a horse in Hockley Woods on a misty winter’s morning was entered into the competition by tutor Jackie Dallaghan.

Chris said: “Photography is a hobby of mine, my dad bought me a camera and it took off from there.

“The photo was taken in Hockley Woods. A horse had escaped and I took a photo and then went to get help. I wasn’t expecting to win first prize at all.”

The competition was run through the charity Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. The organisation encourages students to learn about people, animals and the environment.

Jackie, who is course leader for Animal Management, explained: “I’ve been working with Roots and Shoots for 10 years and asked for pictures from the students. We are going to be doing ongoing activities like fundraising and creating information packs.”

As part of his prize, Chris got to spend the day at the National Geographic Kids magazine office and met the team that work on the print, website and social media. They discussed how they plan the magazine and market it to their target audience.

He was able to get a first-hand look at the industry and questioned the editors and staff about their role and responsibilities.

Chris added: “After meeting the National Geographic Kids team, I travelled to London’s Wetlands Centre on the Thames. I was briefed about the role of the centre, how they are helping in conservation of a range of species and what there is to do around the centre.

Chris Hare“I started by walking round to a hide looking over a Sand Martin nest where I photographed a range of bird species.

"I attended an otter walk where a member of staff told viewers about the Asian short-clawed otters and fed them a mix of cockles, shrimps, prawns and mussels.

"This was a great opportunity to photograph the otters.”

This could be the first step in a successful career for Chris who wants to continue working with animals.

He added: “Overall the experience was useful and enjoyable. Providing valuable information that can help me progress in a range of ways and great photo opportunities.

"Plus I have also gained some great contacts in the industry and I’ll keep in contact with National Geographic and the Jane Goodall society.

“I hope to pursue a career in animal photography and cinematography.”

To find out more about studying BTEC Level 3 Animal Management at Seevic College, go to /courses/16-19/00075-animal-management.aspx

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